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SPLM-IO senior officials return to Juba, maintain 10 states


January 22, 2016 (JUBA) – After consultations in Pagak, their headquarters, Senior leaders of the armed opposition faction, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), have returned to the national capital, Juba, where they reiterated their rejection of the unilateral creation of 28 states.

SPLM-IO Chief Negotiator, Taban Deng Gai, speaking to journalists at Juba airport upon his return from Pagak with his team, 22 January 2016 (ST Photo)Takes on the implementations of the peace agreement reached a deadlock in their attempt to incorporate the deal into the transitional constitution through a required amendment. One of the sticking points is the number of states the country should have at least during and beyond the transitional period of 30 months.

Upon their return to Juba on Friday, the head of SPLM-IO advance team and chief negotiator Taban Deng Gai told reporter that consultative meeting reconfirmed to maintain the 10 states as provided for in the peace agreement.

"The leadership of IO recommended to insist and stick to the implementation of the agreement in spirit and later which means ten states," said Gai, referring to states of South Sudan at the signing of peace agreement in August. President Salva Kiir has seen created eighteen states, bringing the total to 28.

Deng said if the government insist on 28 states and stall the formation of Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), the parties will return to the mediators and the joint monitoring and evaluation commission (JMEC).

"In case of disagreement between us and the government, we shall ask JMEC to decide or report to the AU and the UN Security Council. This is important because we don’t want to disagree later," he said.

Although the peace agreement was signed on the basis of 10 states, the government dissolved the 10 states and created 28 states. The opposition factions on the other hand said this was violating the agreement and insisted only the 10 states provided in the agreement should be the ones to be incorporated into the constitution.

James Gatdet Dak, spokesperson of the opposition’s leadership, told Sudan Tribune the summary of the resolution from the meeting is that the parties should continue to implement the peace agreement as it was signed.

He said the opposition group wanted "the provisions of the peace deal to be incorporated into the transitional constitution in its amendment so that it serves as the basis for formation of a transitional government of national unity".

He however added that other matters which should be tackled by the parties through a consensus include the fate of presidential advisers which the agreement is silent about as well as filling of vacant posts in the parliament.

A composition of the joint police and military forces from the opposition, he added, were making the necessary preparations to move to Juba in the implementation of the security arrangements.

It is not clear if the parties will reach a compromise on the number of the outstanding issues including the number of states as the government insisted that the decision to create 28 states will not be reversed.

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), a body which is supposed to oversee and monitor the implementation of the accord, and chaired by former president of Botswana, Festus Mogae, seems to encourage consensus among the parties “outside the box” instead of strictly putting pressure on the parties to abide by the agreement.


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  • 23 January 2016 00:07, by lino

    Peace should be implemented to the spirit and letter if leaders want to stop the suffering of our people. If we really need more states, why the Government didn’t add is more 7 states to Rick’s 21 during negotiations; you can’t score a goal after the whistle brother. Back to school of politics.

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    • 23 January 2016 07:54, by Mi diit

      Too bad that JMEC’s chairman Festus Mogae has suddenly become so weak that he cannot differentiate between the peace violator (Kiir) and the peace implementer (Dr. Riek).

      Can Kiir show him the 28 states in the document of the peace agreement?

      If not there, then why waste time rather than to call spade a spade?

      IGAd and Troika are also confused, and AU, EU, UN may confuse too.

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      • 23 January 2016 17:26, by Force 1

        28 States have no reverse gears guys; you either take it or leave it! You’ll keep whining but at the end; you’ll take a walk of shame to one of your 28 states with your heads down. If you can’t govern yourselves first in your own respective states; how could you manage to govern the entire country? A baby can’t walk before he or she crawled!

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  • 23 January 2016 00:07, by choldit

    I think this is the best thing to do for SS pple, implementing the agreement as it is.’reopening it for renegotiation shld that the peace to square one.

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    • 23 January 2016 03:15, by Malakal county Simon

      Welcome back people’s moment..... This imposed government has no choice, but to accept the 10 States as it was stipulated in the accord...... The government need to understand that’s people’s of this country have made very clear that they want peace first, and 28, 21,29 or 30 States, which has no evidence of people’s demands, can be discuss later after peace......

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      • 23 January 2016 03:26, by Malakal county Simon

        Why wasting times for something you will eventually accept later on???? Please accept peace accord as it is, because people’s of South Sudan sees the government as the enemy of peace, by barking on none important issues in order to derail peace........ Put it in ears that’s we the people’s of this country, we want peace not 28 States because we sees peace as important, then 28 States. Thank you!!

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  • 23 January 2016 04:48, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Welcome back leaders of nyagats or Ngundeng sons. We will forgive you second times. However, this is the last chance we give you so don’t mess it up. Also please don’t worry about 28 States. They will not apply to you. Only 10 states will apply to you. I am coming back next week so I need my peace in Juba.

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  • 23 January 2016 04:52, by Joseph Canada

    I think the way forward to peace should just be back to the 10states right now, then every thing should be taken to people in those states during the Election time as a referendum. That way each leader will be allowed to run on his political platform , one being keeping the states as they are for Dr. Riek and the 28 States. Its sad to say that the Govt. is playing the role of war monger role.

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    • 23 January 2016 17:40, by Force 1

      @ Joseph

      When we war in 2013; was it because we had 28 states? Where were peace when we had 10 states from 2010 to 2014? You see; how highly irrational your logic is?

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  • 23 January 2016 09:15, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear colleagues

    Currently all south Sudanese people are very very a happy about creation of 28 states, how ever wanted to rejected these formation of 28 state will face terrible war from all south Sudanese peoples , this war will not be the same with 2013 coup attempt ,mark my words

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    • 23 January 2016 15:32, by lino

      Implementation of 28 States or not will lead to war in both ways. People should settle to the option with Peace Agreement than the one that is not guided by any agreement.
      Do the political matured southern needs to shown which one?!!!

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  • 23 January 2016 16:49, by Wed-wau

    When it comes into issues of more States, there are common questions keep rising again and again:
    -  Is it a demand of people to have more states? Why more State?
    -  What different between Riek’s 21 states and Kiir’s 28 states?
    -  What people of South Sudan really want?

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  • 23 January 2016 16:50, by Wed-wau

    ? No, more states never been people demand. More states are political idea to secure the power. Therefore, the Issue is NOT the number of States, but how those states are mapping (how those states are distributed). Mapping of any country affected the power in central government.

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  • 23 January 2016 16:51, by Wed-wau

    ? No, more states never been people demand. More states are political idea to secure the power. Therefore, the Issue is NOT the number of States, but how those states are mapping (how those states are distributed). Mapping of any country affected the power in central government.

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  • 23 January 2016 16:52, by Wed-wau

    ? No, more states never been people demand. More states are political idea to secure the power. Therefore, the Issue is NOT the number of States, but how those states are mapping (how those states are distributed). Mapping of any country affected the power in central government.

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  • 23 January 2016 16:55, by Wed-wau

    ? No, more states never been people demand. More states are political idea to secure the power. Therefore, the Issue is NOT the number of States, but how those states are mapping (how those states are distributed). Mapping of any country affected the power in central government.

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  • 23 January 2016 16:56, by Toney Toney Matot

    Midiit(Aka James Gatdet Dak,
    brother, the issue of 28 State is a done deal and you io should stop complaining since the governors were appointed by the president and had assume their positions. it will be a waste to still complained to government to revoke its decree.let us focus only in peace agreement implementation.Mabior Garang Said, no return to war.you should keep this in your thick head.

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    • 24 January 2016 07:12, by Mi diit

      Toney Toney Matot (aka Ateny Wek Ateny),

      Please advise your drunkard Kiir Kuethpiny to stop his foolishness. Why did he refuse creation of more states during peace negotiations and signed based on 10 states?

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  • 23 January 2016 20:05, by Wed-wau

    ? Riek’s 21 states is favored Nuer’s communities by given them more power in parliaments. Kiir felt unsecure, so he rejected the 21 states. But Kiir stole the same idea. By created 28 illegal states to favored Dinka’s communities and secure his government. That why, all Nuer supported 21 states and all Dinka supported 28 states.

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  • 23 January 2016 20:06, by Wed-wau

    ? The people of South Sudan demanded peace, security, and developments. And it is easy to achieve those real demands with or without creating more state.

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